Championship news: Nottingham Forest and Derby County both fined following bust-up

Both clubs' players were involved in a melee during their Championship clash last month.

After a goalless first half, Nottingham Forest took a 2-0 lead quickly after the break before Derby County's Tom Lawrence halved the deficit with an 88th-minute penalty.

As the Rams pushed for an equaliser, Derby's Ravel Morrison was sent off with seconds remaining after a dangerously high tackle on Philip Zinckernagel.

It angered Forest players, who proceeded to confront Morrison regarding his challenge. A full-blown melee broke out between both sides, and now the FA has stepped in to hand out punishment.

Both sides were fined £10,000 for their actions, charged with the inability to control their players.

An FA spokesperson stated "Nottingham Forest and Derby County have been fined £10,000 each for two breaches of FA Rule E20.1 that occurred during their EFL Championship game on Saturday 22 January 2022.

"Both clubs admitted that they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 96th minute and following the final whistle.

"An independent Regulatory Commission imposed their respective sanctions during a subsequent hearing."

Following the match, Derby boss Wayne Rooney played down Morrison's tackle and the resulting brawl.

"It's an emotional game," he said. "It happens and especially in a local derby and when there are decisions you don't feel are going your way.

"Things can boil over. I'm not sure it was a red card for Ravel from where I was stood, but I haven't seen it back so I might be wrong on that.

"The lads showed they cared. They showed that they are fighting with this club and I'll support the players and be right with them on that."

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